Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Please share an actionable teacher leadership idea to be considered for possible inclusion in the regional Denver Teacher Leadership Summit, taking place January 10-11th, 2015. The deadline to submit is midnight (EST), December 9th, 2014. Note: Submission of an idea for the Denver Summit indicates that you would like to be included in a summit (either individually or on a team) to further develop this idea and to create a concrete actionable plan for teacher leadership. This is not a call for proposals or presenters. *All information submitted will be kept private unless marked "public." NOTE: All ideas and comments are subject to moderation and will not be posted until they are approved.

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Submitted by (@kristina.mccormick1)

Developing Teacher Leader Learning Communities for Alternative & Charter Schools

As Washington State begins developing a charter school program on a statewide level over the next several years, alternative education has become a much larger and more publically discussed issue. The Middle College program in Seattle has been around for over a decade; in the past, this program was highly successful at providing an opportunity for at-risk youth to experience genuine success in both school and society. ...more »

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Submitted by (@emaneeley)

Helping ESL Students Receive the Best Education When Placed in a General Education Classroom

Secondary ESL (English as a Second Language) learners experience tough circumstances when they enroll in school in the United States. Most secondary-age ESL students present educators with unique challenges and constant educational monitoring/instruction throughout their middle to high school career. Often times, many content specific educators do not have the time to re-structure their lessons in order for the ESL learner ...more »

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Submitted by (@noreentreadway)

Building Capacity to Teach Students from Poverty

Teachers should be able to earn an endorsement to specifically teach students from poverty. We can earn certification in special education, ELL and gifted education. Similarly, there should be a certification that focuses on the data and instructional strategies behind teaching students who come from poverty. This should not just be one class, but an entire endorsement. I have taught at schools where most students ...more »

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Submitted by (@k.will1)

Every Teacher is a Coach; Every Teacher is a Leader

Our school is fortunate enough to have given one of my colleagues and me the opportunity to work as instructional coaches for one class period. We have seen the coaching approach to instructional improvement benefit all of our coachees in that it gives them ownership over the topics we discuss. I propose extending this idea to training our entire staff in peer coaching to give them the power to help each other "own" ...more »

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Submitted by (@cabbott)

Developing Teachers as Leaders in their Classroom, School, District & Profession

A Master's level certificate graduate program that combines course work and clinical experience that leads teachers to develop proficiencies as teachers in their classrooms and as a leaders in their profession. This program has state approval; teachers completing the certificate portion of the program will be eligible to apply for Tier III state certification when that becomes officially active. The program delivers ...more »

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Submitted by (@kalpana.sharma)

Teacher Leaders as Health Ambassadors

Teacher Leadership, an endeavor to develop a new generation of middle leaders within the teaching profession is gaining significant recognition in my school. Teacher Leaders and teachers are working hard to provide every student a safe, academically challenging, and inspiring learning experience. Teacher’s well-being is often forgotten amidst setting the high expectations for student achievement. My idea is to promote ...more »

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Submitted by (@jill.copeland)

Virtual Colleague Circles to excite and educate 21st Century Math Skills

After attending the ECET2 leadership conference in Omaha, I was intrigued and excited to collaborate with teachers outside of my school and district. Once I finished Primarily Math, a Math Specialist endorsement, my love for math and promoting an exciting change to 21st century math skills deepened. As we continue to see a need to push for a deeper understanding of math computation in our students we also see a wider ...more »

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Submitted by (@afarias)

Teacher Led Foreign Language Professional Development

There has been little to no professional development for foreign language teachers in my district so teachers have to seek out learning opportunities outside the district which can be costly and very difficult for teachers with families. To help solve this problem I got together with four other foreign language teachers to plan out and offer professional development for our district. We already have planned one professional ...more »

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Submitted by (@mekawilhoit)

JumpStart Kindergarten: Catching them before they fall

JumpStart Kindergarten is a program I have implemented at my school. The program is designed to reach students and their parents before they come to school. It involves teachers, parents, school staff, and other stakeholders in preparing students and parents on what to expect when beginning school. Parents are involved in parent nights. There is a "KinderCamp" program for incoming students the summer prior to K start ...more »

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Submitted by (@amy.shepherdfowler)

Game Based Mathematics in a Rural Setting: a summer community partnership for elementary students grades 2-5

With school budgets tight, many school districts have cut summer school remediation and enrichment programs completely from the educational landscape. In Mesa County, Colorado, we have experienced massive budget shortfalls during the past five years. During this time, Mesa County Valley School District #51 lost its summer school programming. Many students in the rural communities of Mesa County no longer had access to ...more »

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Engage Students with Social Media

Today's students do not engage in the world in the same format as most teachers. They engage in the world and with peers through social media. Their conversations happen through Twitter, stories through Snapchat, chronically adventures through Instagram, and expressing well developed thoughts through Tumblr blogs. This is something many teachers and schools are unused to and shy away from. Instead, we think Teacher ...more »

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Submitted by (@melissa.mcqueen)

Writing Instruction Staff Development

I created a staff development team consisting of all the instructors for writing, but the model could be applied to other subjects. Our goal was to create a cohesive, rigorous writing program across the grades which is aligned with the curriculum. Our plan for the course is to: • Work in collaborative teams (kindergarten, 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th grade, and middle school) to match the lessons in the new materials ...more »

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